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High Sierra - New Siri voice missing? [MERGED]

superdrive25

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Sep 25, 2017
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I installed High Sierra and did not get the new Siri female American voice like I did on iOS 11. In fact, the American male Siri now sounds more computerized than it did on Sierra. American female Siri voice is the same as before.
 

matamoris

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Sep 3, 2011
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I experienced the same thing, but the new Siri eventually showed up. It seems she downloads, or somehow upgrades herself, in the background some time after the upgrade.
 
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KadMac

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Sep 13, 2009
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How long after your installation before the new voices showed for you? I downloaded High Sierra this morning and still nothing this evening.
 

btrach144

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I had to go into siri settings and change the voice from female to male and then back to female to get the new Siri voice to work for me.
 

MBX

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Sep 14, 2006
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So annoying this doesn't work straight away. Why can't Apple at least include some download new voice in the settings like they have in Accessibility?

It seems it will update itself at some point but no idea when that will happen.
 

garethjs

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Nov 11, 2008
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Yup same thing here in Australia.

Clean install and I still got the old voice. Disabling it and re-enabling it didn't do anything. Went to change from woman to man and then back again fixed it.

why should this even have been done in the first place I don't know?!?
 

raymanh

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Aug 27, 2017
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I've installed High Sierra (in the UK) but I still get the old robotic version. I've listened to the new one on youtube so I know for sure that I don't have it. What's going on?
 

maurihamm

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Nov 7, 2015
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I was having the same issue and I finally fixed it. Here’s what I did:
Open System preferences and then Siri, change the language/accent to anyone, then change it back to the language/accent you want it to be, open Activity Monitor and then the tab Network. Now check the incoming internet traffic and you will see it will start downloading about 600 Mb of data (the new improved voices), now just wait, do not use any application or try to use Siri until the activity in Network gets back to 0 kbps.

Now you can try to use Siri and you’ll hear the new voices!!
 

lah

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Mar 22, 2010
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I was having the same issue and I finally fixed it. Here’s what I did:
Open System preferences and then Siri, change the language/accent to anyone, then change it back to the language/accent you want it to be, open Activity Monitor and then the tab Network. Now check the incoming internet traffic and you will see it will start downloading about 600 Mb of data (the new improved voices), now just wait, do not use any application or try to use Siri until the activity in Network gets back to 0 kbps.

Now you can try to use Siri and you’ll hear the new voices!!


Thanks! That did it!
 
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MVallee

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I was having the same issue and I finally fixed it. Here’s what I did:
Open System preferences and then Siri, change the language/accent to anyone, then change it back to the language/accent you want it to be, open Activity Monitor and then the tab Network. Now check the incoming internet traffic and you will see it will start downloading about 600 Mb of data (the new improved voices), now just wait, do not use any application or try to use Siri until the activity in Network gets back to 0 kbps.

Now you can try to use Siri and you’ll hear the new voices!!

I tried turning Siri on and off, switching languages and switching accents and I still can't get it to download. I ended up getting it to download the British male voice, but still can't get the new American Female voice.

Edit: I finally got it! After switching back and forth between languages and turning it on and off a bunch I finally decided to just ask Siri some random questions with the voice set to American Female. Suddenly I noticed a process called "softwareupdated" downloading something under the Network tab of Activity Monitor. Only took about a minute to finish and now I have the new Siri voice.

Thanks for the tip!
 
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superdrive25

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Sep 25, 2017
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One other thing I saw on reddit to try was going into 'System Preferences'->'App Store' and ticking the 'Download newly available updates in the background' checkbox. Mine was already checked but apparently that fixed it for some other people.

Thanks, that worked. But I only got the new American female voice. American male is still the same. And I think I also got the new British female voice.
 

MBX

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Sep 14, 2006
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You know what, screw Siri's voice. I disabled it. Not even sure why I need her to talk as the results are displayed anyway.

But this is really poorly done by Apple. After almost a week still old voice. And nothing seems to work.
 

superdrive25

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Original poster
Sep 25, 2017
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You know what, screw Siri's voice. I disabled it. Not even sure why I need her to talk as the results are displayed anyway.

But this is really poorly done by Apple. After almost a week still old voice. And nothing seems to work.

Try to download the voices manually.

American female voice - Nora:

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/down...94mdg4vqv4p0/CustomVoiceUpdate_en_US_nora.pkg

https://swdist.apple.com/content/do...94mdg4vqv4p0/CustomVoiceUpdate_en_US_nora.pkm

American male voice - Aaron:

http://swcdn.apple.com/content/down...70ieueujgfc/CustomVoiceUpdate_en_US_aaron.pkg

https://swdist.apple.com/content/do...70ieueujgfc/CustomVoiceUpdate_en_US_aaron.pkm
 
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